IPOH: The Perak Domestic Trade and Consumerism Department is investigating claims that the price of chicken has been raised by as much as 100% in some places, says Datuk Abdul Yunus Jamahri.
The Perak Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman said some poultry sellers claimed that they had to sell the meat at a higher price because their supplier had increased the prices.
He said the state government was concerned about the price hike, especially for essential items during the month of Ramadan.
“The department has and will continue to investigate the matter, and will take necessary action, ” said Abdul Yunus.
He added that as of Friday (April 16), the department has issued a total of 109 notices under Section 21 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 under Ops Pasar and Ops Catut 8.0.
Abdul Yunus added that this includes goods that are under the wet items category.
“A total of 50 notices were issued to chicken sellers, 23 notices to meat traders and 36 notices to vegetable sellers. All of them are being investigated for profiteering, ” he said.
He was asked to comment on media reports stating that several poultry sellers were increasing prices to between RM10.50 and RM12 per kg, claiming that suppliers had hiked the price as well.
Abdul Yunus said that the department is also monitoring chicken breeders, wholesalers, and manufacturers in Perak.
He said since Friday, four notices were issued to chicken wholesalers and added that stern action would be taken if the investigations found any act of profiteering.
“The department will continue to monitor the supply and prices of chicken and other essential items in the market, so that consumers can get the items at reasonable prices, ” he added.
Abdul Yunus advised consumers to make official complaints to the department if they find price increases either by calling 05-2414611, its call centre at 1800-886-800, via Portal firstname.lastname@example.org or email at email@example.com.